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Scared Girl

Question: 

Hello!

Thank you so much for your great work.
A couple of weeks ago I kissed in the mouth a man which I do not know and he could be a sexually promiscuous man, I don`t know his HIV status. I had a wound on my higher lip from 2 days ago, which was already healing and had a crost- dry cover over it ( a dry wound). The wound was small like 5 mm. He did not have any visible blood on his mouth and he was not having any visible wounds. But he could have had scrathes that I did not see.
Is there any possibility that I could get infected in that way by kissing? I am very scared so I am very grateful for your answer.

Thank you very much.

Scared girl

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through a kiss you received a couple of weeks ago which did not involve any visible blood.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk: (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). Kissing with the presence of blood is considered to be Low Risk: (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met), yet, in the encounter you have described, there was no visible trace of blood. Kissing is only a risk for HIV acquisition when there is a visible amount of blood in the mouth.

Recommendation: No need for HIV testing with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for any other health related questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody